US Soldier Killed In Apparent Insider Attack In Kabul

Apparent insider attack in Afghanistan kills US service member, wounds another

Military officials say a major in Utah's Army National Guard who was also the mayor of a city north of Salt Lake City was killed in Afghanistan after being shot by a member of the Afghan security forces. And they offered heavy praise to Taylor for his service, both in the military and in civic matters.

The other service member, who was wounded, is undergoing medical treatment and in stable condition, according to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement.

Taylor leaves behind his wife, Jennie, and seven children.

Taylor was supposed to return home and resume his post as mayor in January. Taylor, Burton said, was "rucked up, if you will, and moving out on foot when this occurred".

When Taylor left Utah for Afghanistan, North Ogden schoolchildren lined the streets and cheered for him as he waved from a motorcade.

That he was killed in an insider attack was "additionally bitter for us", Burton said.

"He thought he could do some good in Afghanistan, to help the people be liberated", Herbert said.

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"What we do for our country is very risky business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said. Taylor's remains are to arrive in the United States at Dover Air Force Base in DE on Monday night, but funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

Over the past 10 months, Taylor posted periodic updates of his Afghanistan service to Facebook, often sounding and looking optimistic.

He's not sure if there "was radicalization" involved in motivating the culprit who killed Taylor, ostensibly working in alliance with the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces operating in Afghanistan.

Once the attacker fired at Taylor, the individual was killed immediately by Afghan forces. "I wish them all the comfort and courage to face the hard days ahead". He was elected to the City Council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became the full-time mayor in 2013, according to the city council website.

"I wondered where he got the time, and if he ever slept", North Ogden resident Brad Haslam said in an instant message. Previously, he served 12 years as an officer in the United States Army National Guard, including seven years on active duty, as well as two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Utah's lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, wrote on Facebook: 'We lost a genuine hero and one of the best people in our state. He was also the mayor of North Ogden, Utah.

In a statement Saturday, the Utah National Guard announced the death of one of its soldiers.

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